Thieves posing as security company representatives

Posted at: 08/21/2013 6:30 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

"Beware of door-to-door sales people pressuring you to switch alarm companies." That's a voicemail sent by one of the country's biggest security companies to people who live in Albuquerque.

The warning is about high pressure salespeople working door-to-door, who may not be who they say they are.

The company is Monitronics, the second biggest home security company in the country, and the warning is about suspicious activity near the area of 98th and Central.

According to the message, the people may be posing as Monitronics workers.  They pitch that Monitronics is out of business, will offer free upgrades, or ask to open your account, none of which is true.

The company told KOB Eyewitness News 4 this season is when they see a spike in scams.

We've confirmed this area near 98th and Central has seen what the company calls suspicious activity.

Operators like this make people KOB talked to even less likely to talk to salespeople who work door-to-door.

"I personally, I wouldnt talk to them. I would say sorry, go home," said Chris Coley.

"Usually I don't buy, when somebody comes door-to-door I don't buy from them.  I just tell them no thank you and send them away," said Dawn Grey.

KOB talked to ADT, another alarm company with thousands of Albuquerque customers.  Their employees have a badge with identification and a picture.

The company will even give you a description of the representative over the phone if you call.

Bottom line, if you don't have proof, don't let them in your home.